Habits die hard and few we assume that they don’t harm us much. We all are well aware of how alcohol and smoking not only affects our health but also our fertility. But there are many more kick- able habits that are equally harmful and has the potential to sabotage our reproductive health.
Before attaining treatment I had left two habits that enhanced my fertility and my live birth rate was much higher in the first attempt of IVF itself. Most of the clinics don’t explain why making necessary changes in our daily lifestyle is important.
But there are few daily routine habits that have become a regular and inseparable activity for us. These habits are causing more harm as we don’t get to see an immediate impact but in the long run they have a catastrophic effect.
1. Late – Night Screen time
People have been messing up with the circadian rhythm since the invention of the light bulb. Research shows altering light/dark cycles can affect the fertility of a woman. During night before going to bed when we expose ourselves to screen time the light that is emitted by phone or television causes hindrance in releasing optimal amount of Melatonin. This hormone regulates the sleep-wake cycle that is vital to several physiological functions and also affects the quality of the egg produced. It has antioxidant properties that protects the egg from free-radical damage. An inadequate amount of melatonin during pregnancy has been linked to several behavioural disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism in young children.
In this era of technology giving up gadgets completely is not feasible but we can avoid it using one hour prior going to bed. This won’t disturb the rhythm of light/ dark cycle.
2. Skipping Breakfast
Undoubtedly, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for several health benefits. Recently, a research showed that how big breakfast diet can help boost fertility in PCOS ( Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome) women. Big breakfast diet also prevents Type-2 diabetes as well.
So next time think twice before you skipping your meal.
3. Neglecting Dental Problems
We often skip our dental appointments thinking that its a small ailment and hardly matters. A study at University of Western Australia in Perth has found that women with gum problems take two months longer than one who does not have any gum problems. When the immune system attacks periodontitis or inflammation around the tooth, the bacteria and plaque enters the bloodstream and travel all over the body. Periodontitis is not only linked to miscarriages and premature birth but also several other chronic disease like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease , respiratory disease .
4. Avoiding Full – Fat Dairy product
In full-fat products, estrogen and progesterone are attached to fat and these hormones are crucial for the reproductive health of women. A large-scale study at Harvard University leads to the book “The fertility Diet ” that emphasises that low-fat dairy products cause hindrance in getting pregnant. Estrogen and progesterone are typically removed while skimming off the fat from milk leaving only androgens. Androgens are male hormones that create hindrance in ovulation in the absence of the female counterparts.
5. Don’t forget taking supplements
In spite of the doctor’s prescribed dose of supplements for reproductive treatment many don’t take it seriously. Usually, Folic acid, a water soluble vitamin (B9) is prescribed prior to any fertility treatment. Folic acid can’t increase the quantity of eggs but definitely the quality .Supplements containing Myo-inositol, folic acid and melatonin have been shown to help improve the quality of eggs and ovarian function.
The above-mentioned habits are definitely not categorised as bad but they are not even good as they don’t benefit you. So bring change to welcome happiness that you are waiting eagerly for.